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Keynote Speaker Brian Fielkow Speaks on Driving to Perfection, Leading People Safely at AAMA Fall Conference

A keynote speaker delivered 12 principles for “driving to perfection” when it comes to company culture, as well as the best ways to lead people safely in the workplace, during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC. Business leader and author, Brian Fielkow, laid out six principles Monday afternoon during his initial keynote address and then discussed his remaining six principles the following day. After each address, he led a discussion group to address questions related to his earlier...

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Dan Lavrich Dispels Myths, Presents Reality Pertaining to Wind, Water Damage at AAMA Fall Conference

The timely topic of wind and water-related codes was addressed at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference. Dan Lavrich, P.E. and owner of Lavrich & Associates Consulting Engineers in Florida, presented "Wind, Water, Codes, Coverage: Myths & Realities." Lavrich is active in building code development in Florida and is currently performing inspections in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida last month just after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, TX.Lavrich’s presentation covered his experience with how wind and water damage happens,...

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AAMA and World Vision Fill 500 Backpacks with Supplies for In-Need Children

During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference, volunteers filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at a local Title I elementary school in Greenville, SC. A total of 500 backpacks were filled and distributed during the event.After writing and including notes of encouragement for the current academic year, volunteers visited the school in person to distribute the backpacks. Hollis Academy is a Title I school that serves approximately 689 elementary students, according to Ken Arnold, Director of Attendance/ Social Work...

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Meryl Williams Highlights Merits of Social Media Platform LinkedIn During AAMA Fall Conference

LinkedIn, the online professional networking tool, was a topic of two workshops at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference. AAMA Communications Coordinator, Meryl Williams, led a discussion about the social media platform called, “7 Actions You Can Take Today to Improve and Protect Your LinkedIn Profile.”“Even if you’re not currently job-hunting, you should care about the state of your current LinkedIn profile,” said Williams. “It’s always good to see what’s happening in your industry, how companies and roles are changing and...

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AAMA Analysis Columns

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has prompted several government agencies to publish regulations and guidelines requiring that public buildings and multi-family dwellings (buildings consisting of four or more dwelling units) include certain features of accessible design, all of which reference ICC/ANSI A117, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. The latter identifies three types of dwelling or sleeping units. Each may include balconies, patios or terraces. These are classified as Type B units (often called “adaptable” units), Type A units and “Accessible” units, which are fully wheelchair-accessible.

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Workshops to Cover Business Prowess, Hurricane Recovery, LinkedIn at Fall Conference

AAMA conferences have always been a crucial way for the industry to get a temperature check on what’s relevant in the field. The upcoming Fall Conference in Greenville, SC, (October 15-18) is no exception and will feature a series of roundtable discussions, seminars and workshops geared toward professional development and industry knowledge.In addition to presenting two addresses, keynote speaker Brian Fielkow will host two roundtable discussions on related matters. His first address, “’Driving to Perfection’ - Strong on the Inside, Unbreakable on the Outside,” will...

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Contribute Backpack School Supplies, Attend Supplier Product Display at Fall Conference

There are several events happening only at the AAMA 2017 National Fall Conference (October 15-18), including the chance to better prepare children in Greenville, SC, for the new school year and an opportunity to showcase products at the AAMA Supplier Product Display.Spouses will be rolling up their sleeves again this fall to fill backpacks with school supplies that equip under-privileged children with essential tools. Sponsors for this annual event are still needed, as AAMA has a goal of filling and distributing 500 backpacks at a...

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AAMA Code Representative Julie Ruth Awarded International Code Committee Honorary Member Status

Julie Ruth, American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Code Representative, was awarded International Code Committee (ICC) Honorary Member status at the ICC Annual Conference and Expo held in Columbus, OH, earlier this month.This past spring, the ICC Board of Directors requested nominations for 2017 Honorary Members. An Honorary Member is considered to be a person who has been of outstanding service to the ICC. On behalf of AAMA, Diana Hanson, AAMA Codes & Regulatory Affairs Manager, submitted a nomination form for Ruth. A second nomination for...

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Reconciliation of AAMA and WDMA Coatings Requirements Nearing Completion

A Comparison Matrix intended to resolve the differences and consolidate the redundancies between AAMA 653-14, Voluntary Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Organic Coatings on Wood and Cellulosic Composite Substrates, and WDMA TM-12-2013, Test Method for Factory Applied Pigmented Coatings for Wood and Wood Cellulosic Composites Used for Millwork, has been under development by the WCCMC Finishes Committee (Chair: Jack Reed [Arkema]).The ballot of the Matrix conducted this spring yielded several substantive comments. These were clarified as needed by the committee and staff by follow-up...

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Skylight Sloped Glazing Council Reviews New Task Group, Fall Protection Measures, More at Summer Conference

Members of the Skylight Sloped Glazing Council reported on a variety of product-specific topics and document work, including design guidelines, preventing skylight falls, what NAFS could mean for skylights and more. Get updates on these items and more during the Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Task Group Narrows Focus on ASCE-7-16 Impact on SkylightsA new task group, ASCE 7-16 Impact on Skylights White Paper Task Group (chair: John Westerfield [CrystaLite) has been formed by the Skylight/Sloped Glazing Codes and Regulatory Affairs Committee (First Officer: Paul Simony...

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Architects Invited to Attend Fenestration Product Display

On October 17, architects from the Greenville area are invited to attend a complimentary fenestration product display from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., as part of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) National Fall Conference. Registered guests can visit fenestration product suppliers during the display to be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenville in the Gallery Room A on the second floor, while enjoying complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails in a casual setting.Architects and others invested in the industry will also have the opportunity to network...

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AAMA Webinar to Cover Energy Code Requirements in Canada September 19

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is hosting a webinar that will cover the Canadian Energy Codes and Energy Acts. On September 19, Jeff Baker, President of WESTLab Canada and Technical Consultant for Fenestration Canada, will review a new proposal from Natural Resources Canada to transform the residential window market in Canada. The webinar is open to all in the industry.The current and recently announced updates to provincial codes in Canada are aggressive for fenestration products, but they are mild compared to the long-term changes...

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Early Bird Registration for AAMA Fall Conference Available Through September 23

Registration for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 Fall Conference in Greenville, NC, is now open, and AAMA members can register online. Early bird rates are available until Saturday, September 23, and the conference takes place October 15-18 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville.At the Fall Conference, participants will hear twice from keynote speaker Brian Fielkow, president of Jetco Delivery, a logistics company specializing in regional trucking, heavy haul and national freight. On Monday, he will give a presentation called, “Driving to Perfection: Strong on...

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Residential Code Arena Columns

With regard to the 2018 International Codes, one of the biggest disappointments for the fenestration industry is a reduction in the number of emergency escape and rescue openings required for sleeping rooms in the basements of multifamily buildings and single-family homes.

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Commercial Codes and Standards Columns

The IECC has evolved greatly since its first edition in 1998. Overall significant strides in improving the energy performance of buildings have been made. Based upon analysis performed by the U.S. Department of Energy and others, buildings built to the 2015 IECC use less than half the energy of buildings built to the 1998 IECC.

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Industry Watch Columns

Energy Star has become a highly visible target for budget sharpshooters looking to reduce the nation’s critical $20 trillion debt—some make a valid argument in this regard, but it’s also a potential excuse to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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Door Council To Continue Standards Updates, Committee Work This October at AAMA Fall Conference

Door Council focused on an upcoming edit to an acoustical standard during the AAMA Summer Conference in June. The group also heard reports from task groups and committees about some recently updated door standards, and some that are on their way to getting new touches. This work will continue in October at the Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Acoustical Standard Update on HorizonASTM activity is spurring a look at the AAMA acoustical standard and a new task group is gearing up to revise AAMA 1801-13, Voluntary...

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FMC and AMC to Team Up with Task Group For Meeting Finishes Standards Compliance Guidelines

At the 2017 Summer Conference in Newport, RI, the Fiberglass Material Council heard updates about revisions made to a profiles specification as well as 2017 versions of the popular fiberglass finishes standards suite. Additionally, the material council will be teaming up with the Aluminum Material Council to work toward creating a compliance guidance document pertaining to a different series of finishes standards. Work on these matters and more will continue this October at the Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Updated Profiles Spec Now Under Product Group...

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AAMA Now Scheduling Instructor Accreditation Classes for InstallationMasters Programs

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is currently planning instructor training classes for the InstallationMasters® program. Those interested in becoming accredited instructors are encouraged to contact the association now, so that as many schedules as possible may be accommodated.The original InstallationMasters Training and Certification Program, prompted in the 1990s by the Building Environment and Thermal Envelope Council (BETEC) through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and developed by AAMA, is a nationwide training and certification program for installers of new construction and replacement windows and...

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AAMA Announces Creation of Field Test Agency Accreditation

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced the creation of the new Field Test Agency (FTA) Accreditation Program that credentials independent field testing agencies to support AAMA members, the fenestration industry, building owners and their agents. The Program also validates that these field test agencies are capable of testing fenestration products in the field utilizing the field test methods included in AAMA performance standards.“Air and water testing of installed windows, doors, skylights and commercial glazing is at an all-time high. Working with a qualified provider...

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Opening Thoughts from the Southeast Region Board of Directors

The AAMA Southeast Region 2017 Spring Meeting, held April 25-26, at Orlando, FL, received valuable information on regional code adoptions, resilient home standards, field testing accreditation, windstorm insurance solutions, workplace safety, innovate hurricane protection and energy efficiency financing, coordinating building envelope details and the state of the economy.Read on for information on the following:Southeast Region Working to Keep Pace with Model CodesFortified Home Program Defines Levels of ResiliencyField Testing Agency Accreditation Program LaunchFlorida Building Code and Approval Process UpdateFraud Raises Florida Windstorm Insurance RatesIntroducing the...

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Industry Basking in Improved Outlook

The long-heralded recovery of the window and door industry appears to have arrived, according to fenestration industry economics expert, Mike Collins of Building Industry Advisors, who identified the various positive and negative forces influencing the trajectory of industry fortunes.Collins listed positive macroeconomic factors as strongly improved employment statistics (an unemployment rate some 60 percent lower than five years ago) and a stabilized labor participation rate that has reached the same level (63 percent) as it was prior to the 2008 downturn. The 2017 GDP is...

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AAMA Releases Updated Standard Vertical Load Evaluation Method for Side-Hinged Door Slabs

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document to provide a standard method of evaluating side-hinged door active slabs for their ability to resist a vertical load. AAMA 925-17, the Specification for Determining the Vertical Loading Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Systems, determines the ability of a side-hinged door slab to remain operable following the application of a vertical load along the lock stile. It was last updated in 2013.“AAMA 925 has been updated to remove the collection of data-only methodology and incorporated...

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Fenestration Interfaces: The Devil is in the Detailing

At the Southeast Region Spring Meeting, Kevin Longest and Karen Zimnicki of Wiss, Janney, Elsner (WJE) reviewed common sources of bulk rainwater penetration at and around fenestration components in building enclosures and discussed the responsibility of the architect to understand and mitigate these risks. They reviewed case studies illustrating poor interface detailing, project document discrepancies and the consequences of shifting design responsibility “downstream.” Finally, they considered the potential of Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) to address these concerns.Uncontrolled rainwater penetration, condensation and moisture-related deterioration are the...

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PACE Offers Innovative Financing for Home Improvements

Measures to improve a home’s resistance to storm damage and/or enhance energy efficiency are often deterred by formidable upfront costs. The Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program seeks to remedy that situation by offering an innovative mechanism for financing windstorm damage protection and energy efficiency improvements on private property. Local governments, state governments or other inter-jurisdictional authorities, when authorized by state law, fund the up-front costs of improvements on commercial and residential properties.Property owners who voluntarily choose to participate in a PACE program repay their improvement...

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Introducing the Safety Playbook

Continuing to delve into the latest trends and techniques in workplace safety, the Southeast Region featured Sara Wallon, EHS Director for PGT Custom Windows + Doors of Venice, FL, who discussed approaches to developing a comprehensive company “Safety Playbook.”Wallon reviewed the characteristics of a safety culture that leads some organizations to become top performers. She challenged attendees to aspire to become visionaries instead of just compliers. The former she defined as those who “actively seek and learn more about safety methods and thinking” and are...

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Fraud Raises Florida Windstorm Insurance Rates

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) was created by the Florida Legislature in August 2002 as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, government entity to serve as the insurer of last resort, providing windstorm damage protection to home, business and condominium owners who are entitled to but are unable to find property insurance coverage in the private market. Coverage is funded by policyholder premiums. If the company’s surplus is depleted in the wake of a particularly devastating storm or series of storms, Florida law requires Citizens to levy assessments...

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Florida Building Code and Approval Process Update

The numerous compliance paths and varying requirements of Florida’s Building Product Approval (PA) system are subject to revision at every triennial code update cycle. These are implemented by the state’s Technical and Product Approval Team under auspices of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Mo Madani, CBO, Technical Director for the PA operations, gave an in-depth update on the current state of the program.There are two paths for product approval: the state path and the local path.The state path covers approval of...

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Field Test Agency Accreditation Program Launch

AAMA Certification Manager, Jason Seals, explained the Field Test Agency (FTA) accreditation program, which AAMA plans to launch later this summer.Historically, in order to be accredited for field test methods such as AAMA 502, Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Fenestration Products, the field test agency must first be accredited as a full-service air-water-structural laboratory. The new program allows for independent accreditation for field testing alone. It is open to all providers of field test services, including consultants and design firms.To be an...

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Fortified Home Program Defines Levels of Resiliency

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has created the FORTIFIED Home™ program to help homeowners strengthen their homes against hurricanes, high winds, hail and severe thunderstorms.Remington Brown, PE, Senior Engineering Director for IBHS, explained that a FORTIFIED Home adheres to a set of engineering and building standards —developed using more than 20 years of storm damage investigations at the IBHS Research Center under the Component Materials Evaluation Testing (COMET) program. Dubbed the “National Standard for Resilient Construction,” the standards are designed to...

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Southeast Region Working to Keep Pace with Model Codes

Southeast Region code consultant, Dick Wilhelm, kicked off the code update segment of the AAMA Southeast Region Spring Meeting by pinpointing where the bulk of the building activity was underway. Just over three-quarters of the building permits issued across the 10-state region in 2016 were attributable to four states: Texas (34 percent), Florida (24 percent), Georgia (11 percent) and Tennessee (8 percent).The code status in the region as related to adoption of the requisite I-codes, is summarized as follows in order of the most active...

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AAMA Releases Updated Standard Test Method for Water Penetration Using Dynamic Pressure

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document to provide a standard water penetration test method when it comes to using dynamic pressure. AAMA 501.1-17, the Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Windows, Curtain walls and Doors Using Dynamic Pressure, establishes the equipment and procedures for testing.In it, a section on test equipment updated to clarify what to do for laboratory testing versus on-site testing.“The AAMA 501.1 dynamic pressure water test has been used as a laboratory test for over...

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WIC Talks Standards Updates, Test Parameters at Summer Conference

The Wall Interface Council discussed updates on several matters during the June AAMA National Summer Conference, such as an installation standard update, sealant and foam product test parameters and other changes to standards currently in the works. Further efforts in these endeavors will continue this October at the AAMA National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Installation Standard Review Focuses on Stucco InterfaceHaving been earmarked for review by the Document Management Committee, AAMA 2400-10, Standard Practice for Installation of Windows with a Mounting Flange in Open Stud...

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VMC Discusses Regulatory Reform, Weathering, More at Summer Conference

The Vinyl Material Council went over several topics at the AAMA National Summer Conference, including some education initiatives, regulatory reform developments and several document updates. Work on these matters and others will continue this October at the AAMA National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Educational DevelopmentsThe VMC Marketing Committee and the VMC Education Task Group (Chair: Mark DePaul [ENERGI Fenestration Solutions]) revised the status of various educational initiatives.The Vinyl Windows: Designed for Performance course was reapproved for AIA accreditation.A new white paper was reported as needing...

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AMC Conforms Long and Short-Term Objectives, More at Summer Conference

During the 2017 National Summer Conference, the Aluminum Material Council (AMC) worked on strategic plans as well as went over updates to weathering and finishes matters. Work on these topics and more will continue this October during the 2017 National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Planning for the FutureWith LEED, green building programs, and sustainability foremost among member concerns, the mission statement of the Aluminum Material Council and objectives for an AMC-focused strategic plan were reviewed.Council Second Vice President Scott Condreay (SAPA Extrusions) presented the short...

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Glass Material Council Reviews Details of Edge Scallop Testing, AAMA-IGMA Efforts, More

The Glass Material Council (GMC) was busy during the 2017 AAMA National Summer Conference last month, going over the development of a procedure pertaining to the edge seal of insulating glass units (IGUs). The council also heard updates from the IGMA Technical Policy Committee and the ASTM E0622 sub-committee. Work on these items and others will continue this October during the 2017 AAMA National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Tool and Procedure for Testing Edge Scalloping Under DevelopmentThe joint AAMA/IGMA Edge Pressure Task Group (Chair: Paul...

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Sustainability Speakers Focus on the Well Being of Building Occupants during AAMA Summer Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted two sustainability-centric speakers at its 2017 Summer Conference in Newport, RI, June 18-21. Because green issues continue to be of large interest within the fenestration industry, Soyoung Hwang explained the concepts within the WELL Certified Program and Edward Pavia provided an overview on material health transparency.WELL Buildings and FenestrationTo start out, Soyoung Hwang from the International WELL Building Institute gave a presentation Monday called, “A Window to WELL,” about understanding the link between health and the built environment....

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Keynote Speaker Shares Challenges, Opportunities Presented by Trump Administration at AAMA Summer Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) invited Michael Collins, Building Industry Advisors, to address those at the 2017 AAMA Summer Conference about both the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the wake of the new Trump administration. Collins gave a forecast on how Trump’s influence on matters such as immigration, China trade, health care and other big news topics could have on the industry.Decreasing Financial RegulationRepublicans are seeking to replace the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was passed in 2008...

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Manufacturers Hear Advice at AAMA Summer Conference on Avoiding Lawsuits

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted Chip Gentry, founding member of Call & Gentry Law Group, to advise those at the conference about the important role of both proper installation and good insurance when it comes to avoiding litigation. “'Build it cheaper and faster’ is a core cause of construction defects,” said Gentry. “It means an inferior final project, and it's a chronic problem.”

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AEC President Jeff Henderson Talks Struggles with Chinese Aluminum, Curtain Wall Industry at AAMA Summer Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) heard an overview of U.S. trade orders on Chinese aluminum extrusions and their impact on the curtain wall industry, thanks to Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) President, Jeff Henderson. Henderson spoke during a session at the AAMA National Summer Conference, June 18-21 in Newport, RI, about a 2011 AEC victory in a trade case against the People's Republic of China, and the impact of its ruling.After the win in the case, said Henderson, both anti-dumping and countervailing duties were put...

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AAMA Conference Kicks Off with Workshop about New AAMA Website Features, Tools

Supporting its recently redesigned website, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted workshops covering the site’s new features during the AAMA National Summer Conference, June 18-21 in Newport, RI. Marketing Manager, Angela Dickson, led two sessions, guiding members and users through the new look of the site and how to use its latest tools. For those unable to attend during the event, a webinar covering these tips and tricks will be held July 18 and is open to the industry.“The new features to the site...

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Opening Thoughts from the Western Region Board of Directors

The Western Region Summit, held February 15-16, 2017, featured a wide range of presentations to bring members up to date on topics of both regional and national importance, focusing on both background information and time-sensitive developments.OSHA Requirements for Incident Reporting and InvestigationIndustry Progress in Expanding Installation StandardsWestern Region’s Latest on Energy CodesTackling NAFS: Proposed Plans for SimplificationEvolution of NFRC’s Component Modeling Approach (CMA) ProgramsHandling Construction DefectsThe Future of Window TechnologyRead the full newsletter to learn more about these issues currently in the works among those...

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Tackling NAFS: Proposed Plans for Simplification

Leading off with the observation that “we’ve created a monster” in NAFS, with its 190 pages, more than 170 referenced primary standards and 36 different product types, Joe Hayden (Pella) reported on the efforts of the NAFS Strategy Task Force to simplify the standard. Initial objectives were to reduce the number of performance classes, focus on air/water/structural (AWS) performance and move material and component requirements to a separate document that can be referenced.The revised North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS-17), targeted for “incremental improvements,” will be...

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Industry Progress in Expanding Installation Standards

James Katsaros (DuPont), AAMA’s representative on the FMA/AAMA/WDMA Installation Committee, reviewed progress to date in developing the latest in window and door installation standards, in response to evolving International Residential Code (IRC) requirements as contained in the 2015 code.The three-association consortium has previously developed a series of five installation standards for installations in localities susceptible to “extreme exposure” conditions, such as hurricanes and tornadoes. The focus has since broadened to include installations in emerging wall system configurations, with the most recent work product being AAMA...

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OSHA Requirements for Incident Reporting and Investigation

Carrying forward the emphasis on workplace safety that has been a focus of recent AAMA Western Region events, JoAnn Deckert of the National Safety Council (NSC) informed members on OSHA incident reporting requirements and strategies for fulfilling the obligations.The types of incidents involved would be those featuring personnel injuries or illnesses; damage to property, equipment or product; and “near miss” occurrences. Deckert surveyed the many barriers to incident reporting, ranging from the procedural to the psychological, and considered some solutions to overcoming those barriers.Reports are...

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AAMA Releases New White Paper about Aluminum Fenestration and Energy Efficiency

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new white paper created by the AAMA Aluminum Material Council that discusses the use of aluminum in high-performing building enclosures. AMC-2-26, Aluminum in High-Performing Building Enclosures, is now available in the AAMA online store as a complimentary download.“This white paper was needed in order to educate and inform the marketplace about the energy advantages of using aluminum fenestration,” said Elizabeth Cotton (Kawneer), Chair of the AMC Marketing Committee. “With today’s technology, these products can achieve current...

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AAMA Reorganizing InstallationMasters Training Content, Hosting Webinar June 13

As the owner and developer of the InstallationMasters® Program, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is now also the administrator of InstallationMasters. To get industry representatives up to speed, an overview of AAMA’s longest-running education effort will be held Tuesday, June 13 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern in a complimentary webinar open to the industry. The InstallationMasters Program is designed to provide training and certification to industry professionals installing windows and exterior glass doors in residential and light commercial construction applications.In 2001, AAMA announced the nationwide...

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AAMA Launches Newly Redesigned Website, Will Host Webinar on New Features and Tools

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has launched a new website intended to increase ease of usability for members and other visitors. The site’s address has not changed, and can still be located at aamanet.org. Join AAMA for a short, complimentary webinar to learn more about the site’s new features on July 18.Updates to the site were based upon usability testing, which identified several strategic improvements, including creating a seamless experience for members, updating the look and feel to be consistent with current branding and...

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WCCMC Finishes Progress in Reconciling Coatings Requirements Continues

In February during the AAMA 80th Annual Conference, the Wood and Cellulosic Composite Material Council Finishes Committee (chair: Jack Reed [Arkema]) continued to champion an effort to reconcile and align two similar industry publications: AAMA 653-14, Voluntary Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Organic Coatings on Wood and Cellulosic Composite Substrates, and WDMA TM-12-2013, Test Method for Factory Applied Pigmented Coatings for Wood and Wood Cellulosic Composites Used for Millwork.A Comparison Matrix intended to summarize the many redundancies between the documents was accepted by the...

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Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council Talks NAFS, New White Paper, Documents at Annual Conference

During the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in February, the Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council met to go over some upcoming changes to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), the development of a white paper on skylight loading and other skylight and sloped glazing-related documents. These topics and more will continue to undergo work during the AAMA Summer Conference in Newport, RI June 18-21.Possible NAFS Simplification Draws Widespread Member InterestThe impact of proposed NAFS simplification on skylight products was the focus of recent discussions by the Skylight NAFS...

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AAMA Begins Planning for the Next Code Cycle

The 2018 editions of the I-codes are expected to publish by Fall 2017, with the exception of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) which will not issue until the Summer of 2018. As the world turns so does the code development cycle, and your Code Action Committee is getting ready to begin work for the 2018 Group A code cycle (for the 2021 editions of the I-codes).Group A code change proposals must be filed by January 8. Among others, Group A covers:International Building Code (IBC),...

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Keynote Speaker Michael Collins to Review Industry’s Legislative Standing at Summer Conference

At the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Summer Conference (June 18-21 in Newport, RI), an industry expert will answer the question, what does the Trump administration mean in terms of challenges and opportunities for the building products industry? A series of other speakers and panelists will discuss topics like U.S. aluminum trade with China, the WELL Building Standard, avoiding and defending lawsuits, an update from the Vinyl Institute and a workshop focused on the new AAMA website. A presentation about a cradle-to-cradle material program and...

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Early Bird Registration for Summer Conference Available Through May 28

Registration for the 2017 AAMA Summer Conference in Newport, RI, is open, so those in the industry are encouraged to grab a spot at the popular event now. Early bird rates are available until Sunday, May 28, and the conference takes place June 18-21.During the Summer Conference, participants can plan on hearing from a keynote speaker about how the current Trump administration can help or hinder the industry, as well as a full slate of other speakers and presenters.Several workshops will also be available, including...

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AAMA Releases 2016/2017 Industry Review and Forecast

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released the AAMA 2016/2017 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast. This report delivers timely information on window, door and skylight market trends and product relationships. Historic data for 2008 through 2014 and forecast data for 2017 through 2019 are also included in the report. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2017.Total housing starts continued their growth curve in 2016 with strong gains particularly in the single family segment, up by 10 percent. The...

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Fiberglass Material Council Approves Publishing of Finishes Standards Suite During Annual Conference

The Fiberglass Material Council successfully balloted the 2017 versions of several finishes documents during the Annual Conference this past February. That suite of standards is now available in AAMA’s Online Store. Additionally, an update to the AAMA 305 is progressing, and is currently out for Task Group ballot. These topics and others will be discussed in June at the AAMA Summer Conference.305 Update Enters Final StagesFollowing various editorial changes, the FMC 305 Fiberglass Profiles Specification Review Task Group (Chair: Robert Plagemann [Tecton]) approved the revised...

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Door Council Discusses Conference Restructuring, Documents, More at Annual Conference

During the Annual AAMA conference in February in Phoenix, AZ, AAMA’s Door Council met and reviewed the work of several task groups and committees and discussed progress of document development. Additionally, a new group, the Side Hinged Door Acoustical Standards Review Work Group, was created during the conference. These matters and others will continue efforts during the Summer Conference June 18-21 in Newport, RI.Reorganizations Highlight Annual ConferenceThe subgroups of the Door Council took the opportunity of the recent Annual Conference to update their organization to...

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Wall Interface Council Makes Plans for Standards, Reviews Test Results, More at Annual Conference

Wall Interface Council Makes Plans for Standards, Reviews Test Results, More at Annual ConferenceThe Wall Interface Council worked through some changes to some self-adhering flashing standards, went over some testing results and made plans to continue an update to a Simulated Divided Lites document during the AAMA Annual Conference in February. They also addressed the work of the newly-named Sealants Maintenance Committee and discussed the industry-wide coordination of installation methods. These topics, among others, will be further discussed soon during the AAMA National Summer Conference...

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Documents Identified for Upcoming Review and Revision

During the Annual Conference held in Phoenix, AZ in February, WIC’s Document Management Committee issued marching orders for the next round of document updates. Several WIC-specific standards will undergo the review process soon, and are expected to have some changes made. Some of the documents that have been prioritized for review and the assigned committees or task groups include the AAMA 713, the AAMA 851, the AAMA 2400 and the FMA/AAMA/WDMA 100, 200 and 300 series. The dedicated groups for these documents will conduct the...

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Vinyl Material Council Debates Weathering, Hears Document Updates, More at Annual Conference

At the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ, the Vinyl Material Council reviewed some updates to standards and discussed an administrative change to InstallationMasters. They also heard an update from the Vinyl Institute and debated the merits of accelerated weathering and outdoor weathering. These topics and more will continue to be addressed at the next in-person event, AAMA’s Summer Conference in Newport, RI June 18-21.AAMA 1506 Update Project Seeks VotesThe updated AAMA 1506-04, Voluntary Test Method for Laboratory Heat Build-Up Effects on Fenestration Products,...

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Whether to Weather: Longer Term Exposure to Come?

The 303 Vinyl Profile Performance Standard Maintenance Task Group (chair: Jeff Franson [Quanex]) is circulating a second ballot for an update of AAMA 303-12, Voluntary Specification for Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles. Even as this step unfolds, future considerations are already on the table for discussion.Revisit the laminates section of AAMA 303, once the new laminates document is complete.An update to AAMA 109, which describes vinyl profile certification, will be required once 303 is re-issued.Research into extending outdoor weathering tests for certification from the...

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Skylight Council Hears Updates on New and Updated Documents, 2018 Code Changes, More

At the AAMA Fall Conference in Savannah, those involved in the Skylight Council heard from various committees on matters like a revised skylight selection and design guide, some upcoming 2018 code changes, a new document on plastic glazing and more. Work on these matters and more will continue in mid-February at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix.

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WCCMC Gets Progress Report on Work Comparing Finishes Standards

During the AAMA Fall Conference in Savannah, Wood & Cellulosic Composite Material Council reviewed the work being done in comparing AAMA 653 and WDMA TM-12, in an effort to simplify and align the requirements for WCCMC finishes materials.

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Window Safety, Finishes Trilogy Discussed by Fiberglass Material Council

At the AAMA Fall Conference, the FMC Marketing Committee reviewed the plans of the Window Safety Task Force initiative and heard an update on the popular FMC finishes trilogy of documents. Document work will continue at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix in February.

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Door Documents Continue Progress

Work on five existing or future door-related AAMA documents was reviewed or planned at the AAMA Fall Conference, and will be addressed this February at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix. Documents cover topics like water penetration, multi-panel door testing for certification and more. Get involved with Door Council at the Annual Conference to make your company's voice heard.

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Standard Enabled Window Specification Exists without Prescriptive Material-Related Criteria

In AAMA 101V-86, the performance requirements, minimum test sizes, etc., were established as identical to those required of aluminum products – which established the foundation for today's performance-oriented, material-neutral rationale for AAMA standards. 101V-86 material specifications for vinyl (PVC) frames and sash and a corner weld test were included to determine the adequacy of welded vinyl sash corners.

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Call to Action: SDL Adhesive Spec Needs Update

Simulated Divided Lites (SDL) bars (a.k.a., muntin bars), attached to the surface of the glazing, give a classic, divided lite look without the cost and energy performance degradation that can occur with true divided lites. Double-sided muntin tape employing a high-performance adhesive system is used to permanently adhere the external muntin bars – made of a variety of materials – to the glass.

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WIC Goes Over Plans for Task Group Work, Conference Restructuring, at Fall Conference

The Wall Interface Council discussed the ongoing work of several task groups and committees at the Fall Conference in Savannah, GA. WIC members also reviewed how future council meetings will look beginning this winter, when the AAMA conference restructuring plans are put into action. Attend the AAMA Annual Conference in February to participate.

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30-Year Vinyl Landmark Arrives, Council Work Thrives

This year is the 30-year anniversary of vinyl being incorporated into AAMA window standards, and the first instance of AAMA's evolution to multiple materials from an aluminum-only organization. In retrospect, this was a key development for the industry. As the council enters its fourth decade, work on vinyl standards and other material-focused matters continues.

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AMC Hears About Joint Efforts, New Conversion Coating Technology at Fall Conference

The Aluminum Material Council hear from the AMC Finishes Committee in collaboration with the Pre-Treatment and Corrosive Environment Task Groups during the AAMA Fall Conference, and those participating also heard the pros and cons of new conversion coating technology. Those interested in these topics and more can get involved during the next AAMA Conference in February.

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Joint IGMA/AAMA Task Group Progresses toward Edge Pressure Testing

Excessive edge pressure applied to insulating glass units (IGUs) – as, for example, that exerted by over-tightened pressure plates used to secure glazing in curtain wall or sloped glazing systems – can create an aesthetic issue and ultimately result in a seal failure. A major example is the creation of a "wavy" edge of sealing material such as polyisobutylene (PIB) protruding into the vision area of the IGU, a phenomenon known as "scalloping."

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